Barack Obama's real challenge seems to be that he's having trouble reeling in the deep-pocketed, heavy hitters that were so key to any campaign (and that Mitt Romney does so well with.) The problem doesn't seem to be his policies or even the idea of raising taxes on rich people. It's that the president is not seen as sufficiently nice to big business owners. Business Insider's Grace Wyler spoke to one businessman in Ohio who has raised money for Democrats in the past, but now complains the he's feels disrespected.
I'm not opposed to Democrats on this issue. What bothers me is to hear that he is making employees — my team members — feel that I am somehow being unfair to them, like I am the bad guy."
The donor also appears to be upset that unlike the Clinton years, he wouldn't get a one-on-one meeting with the President when he visited his home town:
"That doesn't happen with this administration — I don't think he has reached out to the community in the way that he should,That doesn't happen with this administration — I don't think he has reached out to the community in the way that he should. It wasn't like this under Clinton."
So what this donor is saying is that even though he agrees with the President's policies, he may not support him, because the President hasn't been nice enough. The just underscores how being a successful candidate is less about having the right ideas, and more about making the right people happy.
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